As Bulgarian tunes go, this one is pretty straightforward. It’s a 5-part tune; I’ve combined parts to put it in contra structure. The C melody is a happy alternative to the B.

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3 Responses to “Kulsko”

  1. 1 Mirek Patek January 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    What a wonderful shift of the strong beat between B2 and C part! Shouldn’t this be notated as one extra beat before the C part (with the g-a notes that are now at the beginning of C part) so the four b notes on the beats would be in full first 4/4 measure of C part?

    Mirek from Prague, Czech Republic

  2. 2 Cathy January 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Mirek, thanks for your question. I think you’re hearing the C part differently than I intended. To me, the beat doesn’t change–the G at the beginning of the C part does happen on beat 1. The b notes in C are on the off-beats. If you count through the tune while listening to the MP3, you should hear an equal number of beats in each phrase, and the “1” beat should land on the G of the C part.

    Here’s a link to an MP3 of a full orchestra playing a very similar version of the tune:


    The orchestra emphasizes the off beats (meaning 2 and 4 beats), which is very typical for Bulgarian dances in 4/4. That’s probably why the melody in the C part makes those beats sound stronger.

  3. 3 Joseph Brümmeyer May 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Cathy..u r master’d! Wish u could teach me live! :)

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